The Longshore Capital Improvement Plan is moving ahead.
The next phase of public input takes place soon.
Stantec — the town’s consultant — will present preliminary concept diagrams at the October 19 Parks & Recreation Commission public meeting (7:30 p.m.). The Zoom link will be available when the agenda is posted here.
Open houses will follow, at the Westport Library:
- Wednesday, October 26: (10 to 11:30 a.m.; 3 to 4:30 p.m.; 7 to 8:30 p.m.)
- Saturday, October 29: (9:30 to 11 a.m.; 1 to 2:30 p.m.).
At the open houses residents can examine diagrams up close, and ask questions and offer feedback to the consultants.
The presentation will be available on the project website Stantec Longshore Club Park, starting October 20.
A survey will be available on the website beginning October 31.
Angela Lansbury died yesterday, age 96.
In 2008, in honor of her dedication to the performing arts, she was presented with a special tribute by Bernadette Peters at Westport Country Playhouse.
Lansbury said, “I never played (at the Playhouse). I wasn’t a big enough star! If I don’t perform one small thing on this stage tonight, I’ll feel I’ve missed the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Then she enthralled the audience with “Not While I’m Around,” from Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd.”
For several years, Staples High School Class of 2021 graduate Brandon Malin has contributed great photos and drone videos to “06880.”
His most recent effort is one of his most intriguing.
The other day — home for a quick break from the University of Michigan, where he is studying lighting design — Brandon headed to the Westport Library.
When he spotted the paving project on Jesup Road, the ever-curious Brandon grabbed his drone. He wanted to see what it looked like above.
It looks very cool.
He saw the road get chewed up by a milling machine, and watched various types of machinery work together.
Brandon send the video along. He recommends watching at 2x speed. “The machines move slowly,” he notes.
Robbie Guimond lives in Saugatuck. But he battles traffic nearly every to head across town to The Porch @ Christie’s.
They serve “the best bacon egg and cheese in Westport,” he says.
But the vibe is just as great too.
Robbie writes: “The staff has impromptu ‘contests.’ This one in this photo was ‘Pride in Your Culture/Heritage Day.'”
They also have “Best Hat,” “Favorite Sports Team,” etc. Customers vote throughout the day. The winner gets bragging rights — and more importantly, smiles.
“They’re a lovely group, and a wonderful part of Westport,” Robbie says. “I go there for the food. But mostly for the employees, and to support this business model of inclusivity and diversity.
Everyone wonders about “The Cost of Success: What Pressure is Doing to Our Kids.”
Positive Directions wants to talk about it — positively.
That’s the topic of a program they and the Westport Weston Family Y are sponsoring (October 19, 7 p.m., Westport Library; reception at 6:30).
Panelists include Valerie Babich, Westport Public Schools coordinator of psychological services; Frank Castorina, Positive Directions clinical supervisor; Alicia Briggs, pediatric hospitalist, and students from Staples High School’s Teen Awareness Group.
They’ll discuss what causes pressure; how to recognize signs that your child is struggling; strategies for reducing anxieties, and local resources.
Positive Directions will host a follow-up “Lunch and Learn” series at the Y, on related topics. More information will follow.
For more information, call 203-227-7644.
Spotted on social media, by MaryLou Roels:
“Please avoid getting gas at the Cumberland Farms near Stop & Shop. I was charged for Super Premium, after clearly choosing the Unleaded button.
“The police reviewed the video, which confirms the Unleaded button being pushed. The manager insisted the video would be backwards when speaking with the officer so would be difficult to determine. The officer assured him it would not, as it would be the furthest button from the nozzle.
“He insisted it is a franchise, and he has no idea who he works for. We are pursuing a refund from Corporate, but it’s really the principle at this point.
“Please let Officer Kelly in Westport know if you have experienced similar there, or any other station.”
She added a PS: “When he printed the receipt inside, it read for Super Premium. Clearly something being manipulated, and was a $25 difference from the Unleaded choice that was made.”
NOTE: This took place at the Cumberland Farms by Stop & Shop — not the one near McDonald’s and Sakura.
The Staples boys basketball program invites all elementary and middle school players to play ball with the Wreckers varsity.
It’s Sunday, October 23, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. There’s a tour of the gym — and, for the parents, a silent auction.
Funds are being raised to revamp the “Players’ Lounge,” improve film and video, and defray the cost of a new varsity preseason training camp.
Westport Representative Town Meeting District 2 has a new rep.
Michael Perry — a Westporter for over 30 years who recently retired from a career in sales and marketing — was sworn in at last night’s meeting.
He was selected by District 2 members to fill the vacancy of Christine Meier Schatz.
As traffic rushed past on nearby I-95 yesterday morning, there was this Sherwood Mill Pond congestion of cormorants too.
Matt Murray captured the peaceful-yet-cluttered scene, for “Westport … Naturally.”
And finally … on this date in 1810, citizens of Munich hold the first Oktoberfest. It celebrated the marriage of Crown Prince Louis of Bavaria and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen. Prost!
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